The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is considering building 100-metre statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. As per reports, the plan to build the grand statue was presented to UP Governor Ram Naik as a measure to promote religious tourism in the state. A press release from the Raj Bhawan in Lucknow stated that a slide show presentation was delivered by Principal Secretary, Tourism, Awanish Kumar Awasthi.
The slideshow stated that the height of the statue will be 100 meters but according to some officials, the height figure is not actual. The presentation also included information on program scheduled for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya on October 18. The program is called ‘Deepotsav’, where 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit at ‘Ram ki Paidi’, about 2 km from the disputed site.
Later, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik will be announcing a number of development projects for Ayodhya.
The press release also stated that the statue will be built on the banks of ‘Saryu’ river only after clearance from National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Recently, the tourism booklet released by Uttar Pradesh tourism ministry recently to mark 6 months of Yogi Adityanath government was caught up in controversy as it omitted Taj Mahal in Agra from the key monument list. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reacting on the above issue posted a tweet saying “Andher Nagri Chaupat Raja”.
The government on the other hand said that there was no deliberate attempt to ignore Taj Mahal, claiming that the booklet focused on the works undertaken by the incumbent government.